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Human traffickers kill eight Afghans in Iran

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Afghanistan on Tuesday confirmed killing of eight Afghans in Iran.

The ministry’s spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni in his weekly press briefing said that as per reports dispatched by the Afghan embassy in Tehran, human traffickers killed eight Afghans in Zahidan, the border city of Iran.

He said that eight out of total 13 Afghan asylum seekers were killed while others managed to escape.

“They were killed in a clash with the traffickers. The asylum seekers were asked for more money. They were heading to Europe via Iran. The dead bodies were recovered from a well in a mountainous area of Zahidan,” Mustaghni said.

The spokesman told reporters that Afghan consulate in Zahidan has been directed to send the dead bodies to Kabul, adding that Iranian authorities had been asked to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Replying to a query, he confirmed that a small group of Afghans are fighting for Bashar-al Assad against the rebels, but he said they were living in Syria and took up arms without any compulsion or for perks.

The ministry has no information about Afghans send to Yemen to fight for Iran, he added.

According to media reports, Tehran has send scores of Afghans to Syria and Yemen to fight the proxy wars.

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